When: JUNE 7, 8, 21 AND 22
Given the government’s refusal to take measures that would address problems of work overload and help attract employees, the APTS has no choice but to use the strike mandate obtained from its 60,000 members. The strike will take place on June 7, 8, 21 and 22, unless the government responds favourably to our demands to reach a satisfactory agreement.
Strike action is necessary to end the work overload that is crushing health and social services employees, to stop the chronic undervaluing of traditionally female professions, and to defend quality public services for all Quebecers.
When you take part in the strike, the APTS will compensate you financially to ensure that you continue to receive the equivalent of 80% of your basic salary. Compensation is also provided for loss of the rising-scale premiums for COVID and the retention premium for psychologists.
How does the claim work? You’ll receive an attendance coupon at the picket line, indicating the terms and conditions.
You have your coupon? CLAIM YOUR COMPENSATION HERE
If need help, watch this tutorial video (in French)
You can also contact your local APTS team for details.
The strike is an expression of solidarity among workers who have decided in a general assembly to exercise their right to strike.
This means that all APTS members working on June 7 and 8 must go on strike. All shifts are involved.
If you replace someone, you must also do their strike duty.
Anyone who refuses to go on strike and continues to perform her or his duties will be considered a "strike-breaker" and will not be paid for that time. In addition, the employer could be fined.
If you have any questions or need further information about taking strike action, contact your labour relations counsellor.
If you are working remotely, we invite you to report to the picket line on June 7 and 8 unless some major obstacle (such as a health problem) prevents you from doing so. Please consult your local union executive if you need information.
Workers who are immunosuppressed, and pregnant women on protective reassignment or leave
If you are in this group, you don’t have to report for picket duty. If your strike schedule calls for you to be on strike for more than 20% of your work shift on June 7 and 8, please contact your local executive to find out how to participate in activities remotely and receive the financial compensation offered by the APTS.
To find out the exact time to participate in the strike on June 7 and 8, please consult the strike schedule prepared by your local executive. This should be announced by June 4. It will be posted on the intranet and sent by e-mail or through the employer’s usual channels. Watch your emails and your local APTS executive’s web page.
Joining the picket lines in front of the institutions gives you chance to show your solidarity and highlight your ultimate pressure tactic, strike action. We encourage you to walk the picket line proudly carrying a flag or placard provided by the APTS. Note that access to the facility cannot be blocked under any circumstances.
There may be other strike activities taking place at your institution or in your region. Check with your local executive for details.
You’ll be invited to take part in picketing outside your facility, and the exact location will be indicated by your local executive. If no picket line is planned at your workplace, you will also be informed of where to go to participate in strike activities.
You have to report to a picket line at a facility where the APTS will be striking, in order to register and be eligible to receive financial compensation, where applicable.
You should keep working at the same pace as usual. It is very important not to try to make up for your strike time at another point in the day or week (such as by intensifying the pace, working extra hours without pay, or skipping your breaks). That would defeat the whole point of the strike.
With the new rules on essential services, institutions will have to organize the work so that only essential tasks are performed on a strike day (i.e., no non-essential tasks), and ensure that normal workloads are adjusted to accommodate the strike.
The employer has to establish a contingency plan for the announced strike days, and take the necessary steps to adjust workloads and the organization of work to the provisions of the essential services agreements on the number of hours worked. If work to maintain essential services during the strike is reduced to 3.5 hours over the course of the day (maintaining essential services at 50%), the workload must correspond to 3.5 hours minus breaks.
Rest and meal breaks
You have to take all the breaks provided for in the collective agreement, and you are entitled to your meal period.
On a strike day, overtime applies when you are assigned to work on an emergency for a longer period than indicated on the strike schedule. All hours worked beyond what is indicated on the strike schedule must be paid as overtime.
A situation is considered an emergency if it must be dealt with immediately to avoid significant harm to a service user. You have to use your professional judgment in accordance with your professional obligations, limiting the impact on the strike as much as possible.
Contact your local executive if such a situation arises.
Caution is the rule. When you speak publicly on matters related to your work or profession, there are ethical obligations that must be respected so as not to harm your profession or those you serve.
Given these obligations, you have show moderation and stick to the facts. We advise you to avoid examples of specific cases involving service users who might be identified. It’s important to protect their identity and refrain from making statements that might be offensive or damage the reputation of your profession.
An employer can’t prohibit you from speaking to the media on a picket line or at any other time, but we strongly recommend that you refer reporters to your local executive.
As well, when you communicate with service users or their family members during a strike, it’s important to explain the situation and the impact on services that are generally offered. We strongly advise you to explain that the current strike situation could lead to a slowdown in services, and assure them that emergencies will be given priority.
The health and social services sector is covered by the Labour Code provisions on essential services. Changes to the rules on essential services mean that you can strike for up to 50% of your shifts, depending on your job title and the sectors and institutions where you work.
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Minutes of strike action (7-hour shift)
Your local executive will give you your strike schedule as soon as possible. Keep an eye on your emails the week of May 31.
If your name is not included on the strike schedule and you are listed on the normal work schedule, contact your local executive.
Absence already authorized
Essential service agreements stipulate that strike time is based on your usual, normal hours. All time off that was granted beforehand continues to be in effect, as indicated by the normal schedule.
All vacation leave that was already authorized on the normal schedule before the strike began continues to apply.
If you are a full-time employee, you will receive the same pay as if you were normally at work.
If you are part-time, pay is based on a percentage of fringe benefits, and shouldn’t be affected.
Given the importance of maintaining essential services, if the strike schedule indicates that you are assigned to work, you have to ask your managers for permission to take unscheduled time off, which may be granted in exceptional cases.
Message announcing why we're absent
You can announce that strike action is underway by leaving a voicemail message or adding this information to your email signature. We strongly recommend that you do so.
Here’s an example of a message that can be used:
I am on strike today to demand better health care and social services for all Quebecers. By improving my working conditions, the government will improve the quality of care and services I provide on a daily basis. Thank you for supporting health and social services workers.
Please leave me a message and I’ll contact you as quickly as possible. If this is an emergency, please contact... (put emergency contact information here).
I look forward to serving you,
Electronic signature - name"
Your employer has an obligation to consider your professional reality when reorganizing your department and tasks in the context of a strike. This means that the employer has to show respect for obligations set out in your profession’s code of ethics or code of conduct, and is required to listen to your comments.
If a manager who is reorganizing your department and tasks in order to maintain essential services gives you directives that go against your obligations as a professional bound by a code of ethics or code of conduct, it is imperative that you point this out.
Even if you don’t belong to a professional order and are not bound by a code of conduct, you still have professional obligations to the people to whom you provide services. We recommend that you tell your employer about any discomfort you feel when you’re given directives that, in your view, are in contradiction with your professional obligations.
Once you’ve told your employer what you think, it’s important to make sure there are written traces of these exchanges. We recommend that you tell your labour relations counsellor and your colleagues about the issue to ensure that there is a follow-up and that action can be taken.